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Are Your Pipes Prepared for Winter Weather?

October 15th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWhile our temperatures certainly haven’t dropped to the point of freezing yet, we all know how hard winter can hit and the weather can take a turn. If you’re putting off any winter preparation for your home until we progress a bit more into fall, we urge you to reconsider. Particularly when it comes to your Reston, VA plumbing system.

Plumbing systems are not something a whole lot of homeowners think about on a routine basis. This is especially true for plumbing problems, such as frozen pipes. However, frozen pipes occur in enough homes for it to be worth preparing your pipes. Remember, even just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F weather can result in frozen pipes, which leads to burst pipes. Can you avoid this?

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

October 1st, 2018

person holding remote to turn on ductless air handlerWhen it comes to choosing the right cooling (and heating) system for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. You’ll want to look at the size of your home, your budgetary needs, how efficient the HVAC system is, and more. Our staff is here to help you make an educated decision in the manner. One system we frequently recommend to our clients is the ductless system, and for good reason!

Operating on heat pump technology, a ductless system can effectively cool your home in the summer while just as effectively heating it in the winter. This makes them a great choice for homeowners looking to replace both systems, install a new air conditioner altogether, or homeowners who just don’t want to deal with the indoor air quality and efficiency loss issues that ductwork can bring.

But they aren’t right for every home, and it is important to be aware of some of the repair needs you can run into if your system is not professionally installed or serviced, which we’ve highlighted below.

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It’s Time: Make That End-of-Season AC Repair Call Now!

September 17th, 2018

male technician working on outside AC unitIf you had maintenance done before the summer season began, we hope you can confidently say that you don’t have any end-of-season AC repair needs now. But if you did not have maintenance done, or if you didn’t follow up with repair needs after that tune-up, then you might certainly have some repair issues you should watch out for as you prepare to turn off your cooling system for the fall and winter seasons.

There are some repair needs in particular that our HVAC professionals see more than others. Again, this is especially true if you skipped your annual maintenance appointment and as we near the end of summer—your air conditioner has been put under a lot of stress for the last few months!

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“What’s Causing My AC to Hard Start?”

September 3rd, 2018

top corner view of an outside air conditioning unitFirst off, if you don’t already know what hard starting is, allow us to elaborate. This name is given to a condition that can impact air conditioner and other mechanical devices (like your car, for instance) when the motors and compressor responsible for operating the system have trouble coming on and staying on.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your AC has an issue with this, pay attention when it comes up. Is the air conditioner stuttering as it attempts to start, but then cycles off soon after coming to life? Are you hearing clicking and grinding noises when this occurs, too? Then your AC is hard starting. But why?

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Suspect a Leak? Here’s What to Do

August 20th, 2018

homeowner on phone inspecting leak underneath sinkA leak is quite easily one of the biggest enemies to plumbing systems everywhere. But what makes a leak such a feared antagonist? Well, there are a number of factors at play here. First off, even those leaks you may consider “minor,” like dripping faucets, can waste gallons of water throughout the months. These small leaks trick you into thinking they aren’t a big deal, and then the cost of your water use starts to add up.

Bigger leaks waste water too, of course, and can also do extensive damage to your property. These leaks can happen behind walls or even beneath your flooring. In fact, most leaks are hidden, so they can do a lot of damage before you even notice them. Since so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and since leaks can happen anywhere there is a pipe, it is essential you know how to spot trouble. Once you suspect a leak, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional plumber. But, how do you check?

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How to Avoid Plumbing Catastrophes

August 6th, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.The plumbing system within your home is vast and complex, connecting a number of different appliances via yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you rely on daily, but probably don’t think very much about.

As such, it can be hard to keep in good shape! However, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you as best as it can for the years to come. Read on for some tips from our professional Fairfax, VA plumbers on how to take great care of your plumbing system, and ultimately reduce your risk of facing a plumbing catastrophe.

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Can UV Light Be Good for You?

July 23rd, 2018

uv lightWell, if history is any indication, then absolutely yes! What are we talking about? Over a century ago, Professor Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine for discovering that diseases can be treated with concentrated UV light rays.

That’s not exactly what we’re getting into here. However we want to use that to highlight the fact that when implemented the right way, UV light can actually do a lot for your health by improving your indoor air quality. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to consider the installation of a UV air purifier in Ashburn, VA.

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Are You Treating Your Kitchen Plumbing Well?

July 9th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.When it comes to the various systems and components of your home, your plumbing system is probably not one you think about a whole lot—that is, until something goes wrong. Our Sterling, VA plumbers would like to help you avoid that altogether. We can do this by performing routine maintenance for your plumbing system (once a year is best), but there are other things you can do to make sure you’re treating your plumbing system well and helping it last longer without the need for costly repairs.

Today, we’re going to talk about your kitchen plumbing. In particular, the sink. You might be one of those fortunate homeowners who have a garbage disposal system installed with their kitchen sink. This means you don’t have to deal with the stinky pile-up that can accumulate in your trash can, as most of your food scraps can go right down the drain. But, can anything go down your kitchen sink drain?

Well, no.

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How to Keep Your Air Conditioner in Top Shape

June 25th, 2018

top view of an air conditionerWith temperatures only growing warmer, residents throughout Sterling and beyond are looking forward to summer. Of course, if you haven’t already we do urge you to schedule your air conditioning maintenance, to make sure that your cooling system is ready to get you through the hotter weather.

Air conditioning maintenance is the best way to keep your cooling system in top shape. There are a few small maintenance tasks you can do on your own. For example, you should be changing out or cleaning the air filter in your HVAC system every 1–3 months, and ensuring that the outside unit is clear of debris. But professional, full-service maintenance will ensure the longevity of your system, and help you fend off AC repair in Sterling, VA as best you can.

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The Benefits of Rooftop HVAC Units for Businesses

June 11th, 2018

air conditioning installation on rooftopCommercial HVAC systems are designed, and function, differently than residential systems in a variety of ways. After all, they’re tasked with cooling more space than the average home, in most cases. Most commercial spaces also have unique cooling needs. For instance, you may need to keep computer systems or other important equipment from overheating. Overall, commercial HVAC systems require specialized care and attention, which is why it’s vital that you use a professionally trained Leesburg, VA, HVAC contractor.

Our team often recommends rooftop commercial HVAC systems for businesses. These systems are comprised of multiple modular units placed on top of your commercial space. It may seem odd to put these outdoor units in a space where they’ll be constantly exposed to the blazing sun. However commercial systems are designed to handle such weather, and in return they off a number of benefits, which we’ve highlighted below.

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